Panasonic to Exit Plasma TV Business by March 2014
October 9, 2013 10:30 AM
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Workers in the division will be reassigned
In previous years, plasma technology was very popular with consumers that demanded large-screen televisions. However, as LCD technology became cheaper and image quality improved, the demand for plasma TVs has dwindled dramatically.
A rumor surfaced in March of this year that Panasonic would be
exiting the plasma television market
. That exit has now been confirmed according to sources that claim to be familiar with the company’s plans. The sources claim that Panasonic will leave the plasma television panel market by the end of March 2014.
Panasonic has continued to eliminate areas of its business that have performed poorly (as witnessed by its
recent exit from the consumer smartphone market
). Plasma televisions accounted for less than 6% of global shipments in 2012 compared to 87% for LCD TVs.
Sony, Panasonic, and Sharp combined for less than 20% of the worldwide flat-panel TV market by revenue. Samsung has 27.7% of the overall market while LG has 15%.
sources also tipped that the several hundred workers that are currently employed at Panasonic in the plasma television operation will be moved to other divisions within the company.
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10/9/2013 3:17:53 PM
Too bad. But I still plan to buy plasma TV.
LCD/LED TVs are inferior, and when you compare prices, plasmas are even more interesting.
I hope other companies will improve plasma technology and it will last longer.
RE: too bad
10/9/2013 3:45:48 PM
If you're in need for TV with good picture quality best to pick up the remaining plasma of Panasonic. My guess is that they're going to be pushing the OLED line soon and you'd quickly see that people comparing the first gen OLED to high-end plasma and the high-end plasma would still win out but relatively much cheaper. This would hurt the fat OLED margin expected in the new product phase so this cannot be.
good corporate decision, bad for you.
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